Are you really ready for plastic surgery?

Are you really ready for plastic surgery?

20th Apr 2017


There are some people who naively think that that plastic surgery is just a walk in the park, that you can wake up one day, decide you want bigger breasts, go to the doctor’s office and voila, by dusk, your breasts are already two cup sizes bigger. So far from the truth! It is not as simple as what those reality shows portray on TV. Nowadays, it is even difficult to get a haircut at the spur of the moment, how much more for plastic surgery that requires a lot of preparation?

Many patients also mistakenly believe they are ready to undergo plastic surgery even before they enter the surgeon’s office, but this is not always the case. When you are already discussing the details of the procedure and your specific requirements from the surgery, it can be an eye opener. Your current medical condition is also a crucial factor in determining whether you are ready for surgery or not.

Here are a few questions you will need to ask your plastic surgeon before even considering scheduling the intervention:

  • Do you believe I need this intervention now?
  • What is the best treatment option to suit my needs?
  • Am I a good candidate for the procedure I have in mind?
  • How often have you performed this same procedure before?
  • What are the common complications I might experience after surgery and what do I need to do if they occur?
  • How long is the recovery period? Do I see results immediately? When would I see the results of my plastic surgery?

It is impossible and certainly not recommended to decide you are ready for plastic surgery before you have detailed answers to all these questions.

Aside from the emotional preparedness, there are the crucial medical tests to pass. Your surgeon needs to be intimately familiar with your medical history so he can plan accordingly. Come prepared with complete medical records, all necessary information pertaining to family health history, your past and current medications, supplements, diet pills and every drug you had taken or still taking, even something as innocuous as Vitamic C. The plastic surgeon needs to know all the important details of your medical history that may affect your safety or the results after surgery.

A patient who is ready for surgery understands that there will be pre-operative instructions and protocols that he or she needs to follow to the letter such as avoiding aspirin and not smoking for at least 2 weeks before and after surgery as it can lead to severe complications during and after surgery. We have had patients who told us how they decided it is completely useless and impossible to refrain from eating or drinking for at least eight hours before the surgery. We had to postpone the surgery, of course, and we tell the obdurate patient,: “if you feel you are smarter than the plastic surgeon, and there is no need to follow his advice, there is nothing stopping you from performing the surgery yourself”.

Scheduling the plastic surgery intervention

We also have patients requesting for weekend intervention when they don’t have to go to work. Some of them incorrectly assumed that they could stay in bed for a day and be back to work on a Monday after a complex plastic surgery intervention such as a tummy tuck, body lifting, breast or buttock augmentation.

Not being ready to commit to taking at least one or two weeks off work after the plastic surgery intervention means you are not ready for the procedure. Your body needs time to heal and you need to make sure you have and can make the time.

Also keep in mind that for a few days after the surgery you might not be able to do your normal chores around the house. If you have small children or the only caretaker of the family, make sure you arrange for someone to help you around the house even before scheduling the plastic surgery intervention.

We usually advise the patient to consider all aspects of the pre and post-operative preparations when scheduling their surgery to ensure all bases covered.

Are you ready to experience complications?

The question might sound harsh, but the patient must clearly understand that he or she might be confronted with complications and side effects after the plastic surgery. No plastic surgery intervention should ever be underestimated; complications can occur even when the patient thinks that it is just a simple and easy procedure that doesn’t require a lot of aftercare or attention.

All plastic surgery interventions, no matter how easy or complex, involve a certain degree of risk. Plastic surgery is not precise like mathematics. There are standard operating protocols, of course, but each patient is unique and reactions to surgical trauma vary from patient to patient. This is why the operative technique is adjusted and tailored to the patient to preclude potential complications.

Please remember that even if you selected an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, there is no guarantee you won’t experience any side effects and complications.


Being ready for plastic surgery is not a decision you make by yourself. You may have exhaustively discussed with friends and family, done all possible researches and staff work, consulted with your plastic surgeon, but you will still need to jump through hoops to make sure you are ready for plastic surgery.

Finding out all the details about your desired procedure is an essential step in getting ready for the surgery and you can also get all the necessary information from the plastic surgeon that will perform the intervention.

In considering the exciting results you can expect from plastic surgery, please do not forget that you must also ask yourself if you are ready for the downtime, the permanent scarring, a potential revision surgery and other possible complications that might occur during and after the procedure. It can never be said enough. No plastic surgery is risk-free, and there are no guarantees that the results of the surgery will be what you expected.


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